“You have to believe in yourself.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Of the 351 Division 1 NCAA men’s basketball teams, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs are ranked last by nearly all ranking and ratings.
The 0-5 Bulldogs will start a lineup with just one player listed at 6-foot-8 or taller. Senior center Quinterian McConico is listed at 235 lbs and averages 9.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and leads the team in minutes at 29 per game.
Freshman guard and Birmingham native De’Edrick Petty is A&M’s leading scorer averaging 13.6 per game and has hit 12 3-pointers this season.
In blowout losses to Missouri and Murray St., the 5-foot-10 Petty had 13 and 14 points respectively.
3 Things To Watch For
- Offensive Confidence – The Blazers will be able to get anything they want offensively Tuesday night. Will they take advantage of it? Dirk Williams and William Lee need to see some of their jump shots land. Both struggled against a pesky Saint Mary’s defense and they’ll need to produce consistent offense moving forward for this team to be successful.
- Ball Security – UAB is turning the ball over on 21 percent of their possessions. It’s more a team problem than an issue that could be directed towards Deion. I’d argue Lavender has been more than serviceable in Nick’s absence. This team is re-learning their rolls and instead of anticipating where their teammates will be they are reacting. They’ll improve with time and this is a good opponent to sharpen those skills.
- Perimeter Defense – I don’t like to look ahead, but this week is more about preparing for Auburn than anything else. The Tigers have four players who have made more than 7 3-pointers this season. Trust that the Blazers will be tested early and often from the perimeter Saturday. Tuesday night is a perfect opportunity to take some strides forward against a team that will do the same, but should have no business breaking 60 points.